2018 Spring Institute

CESD club

The CESD Spring Institute provides education and professional development in Community Development with a specialized focus on northern, rural and First Nations communities.

  • Gain university course credits that can be applied to degree at Algoma U
  • Professional development for those already working in the field
  • Interactive, hands-on learning experience

Course Options

CESD 1007A: Introduction to Community Economic and Social Development

This course introduces students to the major processes and practices of CESD including community participation and mobilization; community organizing; and community healing as part of the development process. This course will provide students with a strengths-based approach to CESD practice. By using the Development Wheel, students will learn to analyze the community and determine CESD priorities. Students will be introduced to an effective method of conducting both short-term and strategic planning and identifying community resources. This course will be practice-oriented with students participating in a variety of exercises designed to develop group facilitation skills, popular education and community organizing and development skills.

CESD 3906A/4906A: Selected Topics: Social Policy and Community Development in First Nation Communities

This course provides the student with an introduction to key areas of social policy analysis and community development relevant to First Nation social and community service needs assessment, programming and delivery. The course will centre on skills and methods for researching relevant policies, identifying community, regional/tribal, and national policy-making organizations, analyzing and critically examining gaps in existing policy, and identifying challenges and best practices related to processes for policy implementation, and will introduce methods for preparing policy briefs for Chief and Council and community members among others.

Date: June 11 – 15

Programming contact: Melissa Jones, 705-949-2301 ext. 4349

CESD 1006N: Introduction to Community Economic and Social Development

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and theories of Community Economic and Social Development, including using an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to community development. The course situates CESD within the global, regional and local context and provides students with an introductory understanding of terminology necessary for CESD practice. Students have an opportunity to learn the practices and tools of CESD through lectures, case studies and guest speakers. Course content will include examples drawn from rural, Northern and Indigenous communities. The course also provides a basic understanding of some of most pertinent policy issues both at a local and global level.

Date: June 4 – 8

CESD 3906N/4906N: Selected Topics: Indigenous Economic Development 

This course provides students with an introduction to indigenous economic development, including key concepts, issues, principles and methods, with a special emphasis on case studies in First Nation/Anishnaabe/Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario and Canada.

Date: June 25 – 29

Programming contact: Jamal Muckett-Sobers, 905-451-0100

CESD 3907N: Disabilities and Community Development

This course will provide learners with an overview of the key community development issues and their impact on community members with disabilities, in Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit and Metis), northern as well as non-indigenous community contexts. It will examine relationships between persons with disabilities and their communities as well as ways to remove barriers and facilitate their participation. Special attention will be given to community based rehabilitation (CBR) which is a strategy within community development for equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Date: May 28 – June 1

Programming contact: Jami Burns, 705-235-3211 ext. 2175

CESD 2016: Community Economic and Social Development: Research Methods

This course provides an overview of the major CESD tools available. It will have a particular focus on Indigenous and smaller community-based research issues and approaches. Students will learn about qualitative and quantitative techniques such as community-based and participatory action research methods, needs assessment and survey applications, capacity assessment, conflict resolution and building public participation. In addition to introducing students to a variety of CESD research methods, students will engage in critical evaluations of the tools, techniques and principles associated with project planning and evaluation.

Date: April 30 – July 24

CESD 2996: Finance and Accounting in First Nation Communities

This course will focus on finance and accounting skills relevant to First Nation and other community organization contexts including four principal components: The first part of this course concentrates on the preparation and use of the main organization’s budgets. The second part of this course focuses on the preparation and use of the organization’s financial statements. The third part describes and analyzes the organization’s cost behavior and decision making processes. The fourth part of this course provides a general description of the accounting and financial particularities for First Nation and non-profit organizations. Students may not retain credit for more than one of CESD 2996, ADMN 2556, CESD 2556, and ADMN 1126.

Date: April 30 – June 8

Programming contact: Melissa Jones, 705-949-2301 ext. 4349